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Excalibur

Nicholas Clay , Nicol Williamson , John Boorman    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nicholas Clay, Nicol Williamson, Corin Redgrave, Helen Mirren, Nigel Terry
  • Directors: John Boorman
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian, French, English
  • Subtitles: Italian, Arabic, French, English, Romanian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001WPOKXK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,799 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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prima di morire in un'imboscata, un nobile medievale, padre del neonato re art, impianta la sua spada magica excalibur in una roccia; il mago merlino predice che essa verra' estratta un giorno da un vero re. con l'aiuto di merlino il giovane art riesce a estrarre la spada e diviene re dei britanni; poi riporta la pace tra i feudatari rivali, riunendoli in una tavola rotonda. egli lancia la ricerca del sacro graal, aiutato dal coraggioso cavaliere lancillotto. forgiata da un mago. predetta da un mago. trovata da un uomo. rifacimento di re art e i cavalieri della tavola rotonda 1910


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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visuals and soundtrack will knock your socks off 29 Dec 2002
By Joseph Haschka HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
Within my memory, there've been only a couple films featuring the legend of King Arthur. However, one of them released in 1981, EXCALIBUR, is the standard by which all others, past and future, must be judged. It's positively stunning in its excellence, and a must-see for any devotee of the tale.

In a sense, EXCALIBUR is more a story of Merlin than Arthur since Nicole Williamson's fabulous, unique portrayal of the former overshadows Nigel Terry's role as the latter. However, the film faithfully depicts the Arthurian legend from his conception and birth at Tintagel Castle, to his death at the hands of Mordred. In between are all the other elements of the story one would hope for and expect: Uther Pendragon, the Sword In the Stone, the Battle of Mount Badon, Camelot, the Knights of the Round Table, Sir Lancelot, Guinevere, Sir Percival, the Quest for the Holy Grail, the Lady of the Lake, and Lady Morgana (a.k.a. Morgan La Fey).

A note of caution for parents of young children. At times, the film is intensely violent, bloody and sexual. (Gee, it sounds like any normal day at the office.) You are warned. And it's not a movie for squeamish adults, either.

The costuming is superb. The brilliant cinematography and film editing, combined with a magnificent soundtrack that includes "Carmina Burana" and "Tristan's Funeral March" (correction: "SIEGFRIED'S Funeral March") at just the right scenes, make EXCALIBUR absolutely awe-inspiring. You'll want to watch it over and over. (I've talked myself into wanting to view it again right now!) The final scene is one you'll wish you could extract from your TV screen and frame, with sound.

Oh, my! What a cinematic achievement!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excaliblur 27 Jun 2011
Format:Blu-ray
I'm keeping my review of this film strictly to the quality of the transfer (it's a given that if I've bought it again - third time, first on video, then DVD, now Blu Ray - that I love it):

It's visually and audibly better than the current DVD version, but that's about it. I doubt that we'll ever get anything better, so if you want the best quality currently available then grab this. But don't expect anything like what is now acceptable when it comes to most Blu Ray transfers of older films such as this one. It's saving grace is most definitely the John Boorman commentary.

Disappointed, but still the best quality currently available to buy.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The days of our kind are num-ber-ed 8 Nov 2005
Format:DVD
This is the story of the magic and mysticism in the tale of Arthur, as seen by John Boorman. The story starts with Uther Pendragon convincing Merlin to help him bed Ygraine, and ends with the return of excalibur to the Lake. It is also the story of Merlin, played excellently by Nicol Williamson with a massive vocal range, and the intrigue of Morgana (Helen Mirren in a seductive and evil role). Merlin muses both wryly and poignantly about a changing world in which magic is fading, the natural order is threatened with the arrogance of men, lamenting the "lachrymae mundi", while Arthur and his knights, wearing impossibly heavy armour, lop limbs of their enemies with big weapons. All to the hard-drinking monk's tune of Orff's "O Fortuna". What more could you want from a film, by turns whimsical, sad, mystical, violent, passionate, tender, mysterious and aloof? Speak the charm of making Merlin, set the world to rights.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars shimmering dazzling 13 Mar 2005
By Ochre
Format:DVD
I appear to write reviews only for deranged films with beautiful colours and mad actors-well once again I invite you to be ravished by wonderful cinematography, blood spattered axe weilding madmen,and more madder than you can possibly imagine Mr N Williamson (on top eye popping thespian overdrive).
If you "enjoyed" Gary Oldman in Fifth Element and The Third Stage Guild Navigator in Dune then add this to your collection at once.Hours of mad sword slashing fun and power mad lust crazed grubby snarling troglodytes in beautiful colour.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best epic film ever 30 July 2007
By Ponums
Format:DVD
Watched this as I was growing up. Surely the best movie about Arthur and Merlin. The acting was great and direction well done. Everything in this movie is believable. The scene where Oother visits Egraine because Merlin turns him into Egraine's husband using scorcery. The scene was hot. They dont make them like that anymore. Great Battle scenes. Great fun.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Anyone who really likes "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, will most likely enjoy this movie as well. "Excalibur" is over 25 years old, but this film stands the test of time. The costumes and locations are superb, and the battle scenes are both exciting and ravishing. The intense and beautifull music score makes this film truly magnificent. The actors in "Excalibur" are very good, especially Nicol Williamson and Gabriel Byrne. If you like action packed sword and sorcery films, then you should give this one a try. It's one of the very best, if not The Best.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excalibur is a magical journey 17 Oct 2005
Format:DVD
If you have any interest in the legends of King Arthur or the mystery of the Dark Ages in Britain, this film is a must-see. It takes you on a magical journey right into the heart of the myth, through stunning photography and the most awe-inspiring soundtrack. The fact that mostly unfamiliar actors are used adds to the experience, from unyielding warrior Uther Pendragon to dreamlike Merlin and charismatic Arthur himself. Ignore any poor reviews occasionally wheeled out. These critics clearly didn't "get it" and I feel sorry for them. I watch this film several times a year to reconnect with a visionary heroic world that puts present-day Britain to shame. Rise again, King Arthur, we need you now!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excalibur [1981] [DVD]
Just as I remembered it (except for the parts I didn;t remember). Total escapism/fantasy all too clean and shiny, but enjoyable none the less.
Published 5 days ago by Dragonslore
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
If you want a film with a great story and blood and guts this is the film for you brilliant
Published 7 days ago by the reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Just sword fighting
A fleeing fight for what's right.
The knight's and Merlin seems to always be in battle
More SCi Fi to gratify.
Published 9 days ago by R&BSH
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film a classic
Exciting and epic tale - told and acted with excellence a stream of well known actors. Colourful, mysterious and contagious viewing
Published 1 month ago by karen pritchard
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic
It is a bit dated but it is still a brilliant work to me. I loved this on release and I love it still.
Published 1 month ago by Chanes
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
This is simply one of the best films out there. It is totally over acted, has fabulous cinematography, blood and guts a plenty. Read more
Published 2 months ago by d o squires
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm... naff case.
Got this as a gift for my partner as he constantly goes on about it. He enjoyed it.. but I wasn't impressed with the case it came in. Very flimsy with bits cut out of it.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jen
4.0 out of 5 stars a bit clunky in places, but oddly moving too
John Boorman makes no concessions to his viewers' ignorance of the story as he moves very swiftly through the Malory tale. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stanley Crowe
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best film
Bought this as I seemed to remember it was good to watch the first time around. How film making has moved on and this is an example of an old genre well past it's sell by date. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars A golden oldie
Am pleased to now own this now vintage film,it's a tab on the dark side full of gory war scenes but still worth a viewing ,but not too often. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pol
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